What I loved was the diversity of ideas explored and the diversity and number of actors involved. - Susan Allen.

inspiraTO's 14th Season / May 30 to June 8, 2019

Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St. / Tickets/Schedule/Details

Get ready! Over 100 theatre artists descend Toronto to showcase 30 ten-minute plays over ten days.

You can watch five different shows; each show has their own sub theme. To learn about the details on how to inspiraTO see Shows. Our calendar at a glance, and our secure online ticket reservation system, ensures your seats are reserved with no service fees! Reserve today: Tickets

Take a look at the individual show synopsis and bios. On the Mainstage see the intense redShow, or the intriguing blueShow with inspiring multimedia projections. In the Trinity and Studio watch the intimate whiteShow. New this year, is the blackShow (Unhinged) in the Studio space. Finally, the greyShow has a creative challenge that the plays need to address. All these shows tackle this year’s theme, Outcast, in powerful and creative ways.

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If you haven’t experienced the festival before read what others have said:

What I saw that evening was much more than a collection of individual ten-minute plays in one show -- it felt like a full length play - with rising action, turning point and resolution. -Elaine Romero

The range of talent was astonishing! Each ten-minute play was a wonderful slice of theatre, bursting with all the energy and heart of a full-length play. - Ann McDougall

The InspiraTO Festival was flawlessly organized. - Victoria Shepherd



We had 877 play submissions for the upcoming season's theme: Outcast.

Amazing!! My family and I are visiting Toronto from the U.S. on vacation, and this has been my favorite thing that we’ve done in Toronto. It is so invigorating and refreshing to see such a plethora of work from emerging artists. What an excellent tradition. Thank you!! -Kessler Catterall

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I had no idea that such an art form was ripe for both artist and audience members.
It is an art form whose time has come.
— Ydessa Hendeles

Theatre inspiraTO, the producers of the inspiraTO Festival, Canada's largest ten-minute play festival, is entering its 14th year. Each season, playwrights from around the globe submit a ten-minute play based on a theme. The inspiraTO Festival is held in Toronto in late May/early June and provides over 100 theatre artists an opportunity to participate, network, learn and grow their craft.